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Michael Stewart Reeves

Michael Stewart Reeves


Michael Stewart Reeves, age 74 of Monticello, AR, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. He was born September 8, 1946 in Decatur, IL to the late Wilfred Reeves and Ruth Davis Reeves.

He was a retired school superintendent, a United States Navy Veteran and was of the Lutheran faith. Mike was an avid outdoorsman enjoying duck and deer hunting along with waterfowl retriever training competitions. He was a member of the Monticello Rotary Club, Ducks Unlimited (committee member) and Delta Waterfowl (committee member). He served 37 years in education as a teacher, coach (basketball, baseball, football, volleyball and track), middle/high school principal and superintendent. Mike was inducted into the 2015 Illinois USSSA Hall-Of-Fame for his years of service as an umpire.

Survivors include his wife, Jana Reeves of Monticello, AR; one son, James S. Reeves, M.D. and wife Whitney of Beebe, AR along with their son, Harrison Michael Reeves; one daughter, Renee Kelly and husband Tim of Tulsa, OK along with their children, Aaron and Amber Kelly; one brother, John Reeves and wife Rose of Anna, IL; two sisters, Linda Revis and husband Mike of Decatur, IL and Carole Snider and husband David of Kissimmee, FL; sister-in-law, Jodi O’Brien of Chico, CA; four nieces, three nephews and his yellow lab and hunting partner, Callie.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be given to the animal welfare society of their choice.  Please sign the online guestbook at or

Visitation: There will be a time of visitation from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Chapel in Monticello, AR.

Funeral: Graveside Services will be held at Union Cemetery in Sparta, IL on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Carl Miller officiating.  Military honors will be conducted by the Navy Funeral Honor Detail and the Sparta VFW Color Guard.  Friends and family are asked to meet directly at the cemetery.

Interment: Burial will be held at Union Cemetery in Sparta, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is assisting the family with arrangements

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  1. Jill says:

    My sweet friend, I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. He was a good man, and the pictures you posted showed such happy times you spent together.
    Praying for peace and comfort for your family and you!
    Love, Jill

  2. Kathy Cunningham says:

    My heart breaks with the news of Mikes passing. Jana, I pray that God will bless you and your family with the strength and comfort needed to get through these hard times. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. My love to all. God Bless. Kathy

  3. Jerry Purcell says:

    Jana, I’m so sorry to hear about Mike. We grew up years ago together. We were like brothers. He was a great man. He will be missed

  4. Nancy Watts says:

    I pitched for many years and often had Mike for an umpire. Although I didn’t agree with all of his calls, I sure valued the tips he would give me on my style and technique.

  5. Kim says:

    Prayers to his family. He was my principal at Evansville Attendance Center. Mr. Reeves was amazing and was always full of life…

  6. Denise Ebers says:

    Gary and I are so sorry to hear this. Sympathy and prayers for his family.

  7. Melissa Kempfer says:

    My condolences for the family. He was a great teacher and umpire. A very respected man.

  8. Barbara Macri says:

    Please accept my sympathy. Prayers and thoughts for the family.

  9. Eloise Kueker says:

    I was shocked to hear this. He was a great guy and one of the best principals at EAC. Our sympathy to Jana and his family. God now has another angel.

  10. Sandra Spalt Fulte says:

    Jana and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He so loved life and lived it to the fullest. Please know that you are in my prayers and my thoughts as you grieve and begin to heal.
    With love and prayers, Sandy and Lon Fulte.
    “ Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.” David Searles

  11. Angel Pickett says:

    So sorry for your loss.
    I am praying for you and your family.

  12. Kevin and Brenda Weires says:

    We are so Sorry to hear about the passing of Mike. Sending thoughts and prayers for your family.

  13. Stacey Caldwell Gibson says:

    Jana you and your family have my deepest condolences! Mike was a great guy! 🙏🏽

    • Rosemary Robert Cain says:

      I am so sorry to hear this. Mike was a great person and umpired many games for me in Evansville. My heart goes out to his family.

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